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First Issue of Louisiana Conservationist Online Magazine Available Now

Dear Louisiana Hunters and Anglers,

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is excited to announce that the first online issue of Louisiana Conservationist is available now. Each issue will contain the same great stories and photography that was the hallmark of our printed magazine — available at http://louisianaconservationist.org/ as Web pages that are viewable in any browser, or at http://louisianaconservationist.org/current in an electronic book format featuring a familiar magazine-style layout.

L.W.F.C. Welcomes New Commissioner Billy Broussard at December Meeting

Release Date: 12/02/2010

Billy Broussard

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) today welcomed Billy Broussard of Pecan Island to the seat previously held by Earl King. Governor Bobby Jindal announced the appointment of Broussard in November, replacing Mr. King, who resigned due to health issues. Broussard, a coastal parish resident, will serve as a representative of the commercial fishing and fur industries, as required by statute.  He owns and operates Pecan Island Redfish Charters.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission was created to protect, conserve and replenish the natural resources and wildlife of the state, including all aquatic life. The commission has the authority to establish definite management programs and policies and to approve and accept all contracts at its discretion. According to the statute, the commission is comprised of seven members appointed by the governor, subject to senate confirmation. Members include three residents of the coastal parishes of the state who are representatives of the commercial fishing and fur industries and four members from the state at large.

For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225/765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.

Amended Agenda for December Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 11/29/2010

The next regular Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, December 2, 2010, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA. The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes of November 4, 2010
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
  4. To receive and hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/November
  5. To hear presentation on NAWCA Project Update on Russell Sage WMA
  6. To consider Declaration of Emergency and Notice of Intent on Fisheries Closures due to Oil Spill
  7. To consider Declaration of Emergency to Close Portions of State Outside Waters to Shrimping
  8. To consider Declaration of Emergency to open the Primary Public Oyster Seed Grounds East of the Mississippi River and the Hackberry Bay Seed Reservation
  9. To consider Notice of Intent on Oyster Lease Relocation for Leases Not Available for Renewal Due to those Leases Being Located Within a Public Oyster Seed Ground
  10. Set April 2011 Meeting Date
  11. Receive Public Comments
  12. Adjournment

Accidental Shooting In Ouachita Parish Leads To Night Hunting Citations

Release Date: 11/29/2010

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent cited two Ouachita Parish men for alleged night hunting violations on Nov. 23.

James Allen Clark, 18, of West Monroe, and Tyler Blaine Jones, 17, of Calhoun, were each cited after they arrived at Glenwood Hospital Emergency room seeking treatment for a gunshot wound.

On the morning of Nov. 23 while allegedly attempting to illegally night hunt from Okaloosa Road in South Ouachita Parish, Jones was struck in the head by a ricocheted bullet from Clark’s .270-caliber rifle.

Clark allegedly admitted to holding a spotlight while Jones attempted to shoot over the cab of their truck at what they believed to be a deer. While attempting the shot, the rifle accidentally discharged inside of their truck striking Jones. Jones was treated and later released from the emergency room suffering a minor injury.

Sgt. Duane Taylor cited Clark and Jones for hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle. Jones was additionally cited for spotlighting from a public road. Clark was also cited for discharging a firearm from a public road.

The penalty for hunting deer during illegal hours is a fine up to $900, or jail time up to 120 days, or both, plus court cost and forfeiture of anything seized. Hunting from a moving vehicle is punishable by a fine up to $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court cost. Hunting from a public road carries a fine up to $350, or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court cost. Discharging a firearm from a public road is punishable by a fine up to $50 plus court cost. The penalty for spotlighting from a public road carries a fine up to $50 plus court cost.

For more information contact Capt. Alan Bankston at abankston@wlf.la.gov or 318-362-3102.

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L.D.W.F. Agents Arrest Louisiana Man On Fraud Charges

Release Date: 11/29/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Louisiana man for alleged boater registration fraud on Nov. 23.

Agents booked Zachary Rarick, 21, of Pride, into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of filing false public records, injuring public records and filing false applications.

Rarick allegedly tried to register a new boat that he said was homemade. However, after an LDWF investigation, agents revealed the vessel was reported stolen from Go-Devil Manufactures in 2008.

For filing false public records and injuring public records, Rarick faces up to five years in jail, or up to $5,000 in fines or both for each offense. For filing false applications, Rarick face up to $500 in fines and up to 90 days in jail or both.

The agent investigating the case was Senior Agent Randy Lanoux with assistance from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriffs Office.

For more information, contact Capt. Len Yokum at 765-2999 or lyokum@wlf.la.gov.

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Joint Effort Leads To Successful Coordinated Search and Rescue Mission

Release Date: 11/23/2010

Personnel with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office helped coordinate and rescue a missing Kaplan boater on Nov. 18 in Cameron Parish.

Jacob Blanchard, 31, left the Lakeside public boat launch at approximately 7:30 a.m. and headed to a camp near the Old Intracoastal Waterway near Grand Lake.  After being reported as on overdue boater, LDWF agents received information mid afternoon of Blanchard's potential whereabouts from the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office.

LDWF quickly dispatched eight agents and five boats to the area, but were hampered with strong north winds, high seas and shallow water.  Since the water was making a boat rescue difficult and agents were concerned for the missing person not being found with temperatures expected to fall to low 50s, LDWF requested a USCG helicopter to assist with the rescue.

LDWF agents provided the USCG helicopter with GPS coordinates and an outlined grid description for a specific area to search.  The helicopter arrived in the Grand Lake area at 6 p.m. and began searching the east side of Grand Lake and the Old Intracoastal Waterway.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. the helicopter located a subject flashing a light on the south bank of Grand Lake near Betty Lake in Cameron Parish.  The helicopter was able to air lift the victim from his boat to the helicopter and fly Blanchard to Chennault Air Field in Lake Charles.

Blanchard said he ran out of gas on his trip across Grand Lake and due to high seas had drifted to the south bank obscured behind a rock dam.

"The smooth coordination between our department, the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Coast Guard and the subject's family helped find and retrieve this young man very quickly," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of LDWF's Enforcement Division.  "If he would have had to spend the night in the cold conditions, then hypothermia could have been a very real possibility."

For more information, contact Captain Jubal Marceaux at 337-491-2580 or jmarceaux@wlf.la.gov.
 

Convicted Felon Arrested For Possessing Firearm

Release Date: 11/23/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Tensas Parish man on Nov. 20 for allegedly possessing a firearm by a convicted felon.

Jeffery R. Bass, 47, of St. Joseph, was arrested after he exited the woods carrying a loaded .44 caliber rifle off of Yucatan Road in Tensas Parish.  Bass was transported to the Tensas Parish Sheriff’s Office and booked for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Bass had previously been found guilty of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and therefore cannot legally possess a firearm.  He is currently being held without bond.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agents Leya Grover and John Hendrix.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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Agenda Set for December Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 11/23/2010

The next regular Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2010, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes of November 4, 2010
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
  4. To receive and hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/November
  5. To hear presentation on NAWCA Project Update on Russell Sage WMA
  6. To consider Declaration of Emergency and Notice of Intent on Fisheries Closures due to Oil Spill
  7. To consider Declaration of Emergency to open the Primary Public Oyster Seed Grounds East of the Mississippi River and the Hackberry Bay Seed Reservation
  8. To consider Notice of Intent on Oyster Lease Relocation for Leases Not Available for Renewal Due to those Leases Being Located Within a Public Oyster Seed Ground
  9. Set April 2011 Meeting Date
  10. Receive Public Comments
  11. Adjournment
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